Duke travels south to take on the Jackets

AndreDuke at Georgia Tech

February 18, 2014 • 9 p.m.

Atlanta, Ga.• McCamish Pavilion (8,600)

ACC Network • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

The Opening Tip

• Duke is in the midst of an stretch that includes four games in eight days. Three of those games are on the road, including Tuesday’s matchup against Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion Tuesday at 9 p.m. The game will air on the ACC Network and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.

• Duke is ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 74-24 all-time when ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll.

• The Blue Devils are 19-2 against unranked opponents this season with their losses coming on the road against ACC foes Notre Dame (77-79) and Clemson (59-72).

• Georgia Tech is the first team Duke will face for the second time this season. The Blue Devils topped the Yellow Jackets 79-57 in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 7.

• Duke has won three of its past four road games. The only loss during that stretch came at No. 2 Syracuse, 91-89, in overtime.

The Last Time Out

• Jabari Parker totaled 23 points for his third straight 20-point game to carry Duke past Maryland, 69-67, Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the final ACC meeting between the two schools. Parker grabbed eight rebounds while posting two blocks, a steal and one assist. His dunk with 1:17 remaining put Duke ahead for the remainder of the game, and he followed with a block on a potential game-winning layup with five seconds left.

• Maryland missed its final chance to take a lead with under five seconds left as center Charles Mitchell – who totaled 12 points for the game – saw his layup attempt roll off the rim and into the hands of Duke forward Amile Jefferson. The game-clinching rebound was Jefferson’s team-leading 12th of the game.

• Duke hit 28-of-34 free throws, while Maryland sank just 12-of-19. The 28 made free throws were Duke’s second most this season.

By The Numbers

• The Blue Devils reached 20 victories for the 18th straight season and 49th time overall Saturday following the 69-67 win over Maryland. Duke has won at least 20 games in 30 of head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 34 seasons.

• Duke has won eight of its past nine games with the lone loss during that stretch coming at the hands of now-No. 1 Syracuse, 91-89, in overtime. Duke has beaten five of those nine opponents by 20 points or more.

• Duke is 4-0 this season when playing with just one full off day between games.

• Jabari Parker has scored at least 20 points in three straight games and a Duke freshman-record 15 times overall this season. The 15 20-point games are tied for the third most by an ACC freshman and trail the league record of 19 set by Kenny Anderson of Georgia Tech in 1989-90.

• Parker is attempting to become the first Duke freshman to lead the team in scoring and rebounding in the same season, currently averaging team highs of 19.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Only two freshmen have led Duke in scoring, and only six have led the team in rebounding.

• Rasheed Sulaimon and Tyler Thornton are shooting a combined .516 (32-of-62) from three-point range since Duke began ACC play. Sulaimon boasts a team-leading .541 (20-of-37) clip, while Thornton owns a .480 (12-of-25) percentage.

• Sulaimon has scored in double figures in eight of 12 ACC games and averages 11.0 points and 3.3 assists per game in conference play. He leads Duke with 29 assists over his past seven games and owns a 2.63:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.

• Rodney Hood is the only player in the ACC to rank among the league’s top 10 in scoring (8th, 16.3 ppg.), field goal percentage (4th, .487 – 135-of-277), free throw percentage (5th, .837 – 87-of-104), three-point percentage (2nd, .443 – 51-of-115) and made three-pointers per game (7th, 2.0 3pg.).

• In ACC games, Amile Jefferson ranks fourth in the league with 8.3 rebounds per game and 3.3 offensive rebounds per game. Jefferson, who trails only Jabari Parker’s ACC-leading 9.0 rebounds per game in conference play for the team lead, has four double-digit rebound games since conference play began.